Fan fiction is a genre that has remained under my radar for, well forever. It wasn’t until I had the privilege of being introduced to my “nonhusband’s” coworker Stephanie, that I would even discover that this entire world dedicated to fandoms existed. As the story has it, Stephanie and I quickly realized that we shared many common interests and developed a bond.
Stephanie also happens to be a writer that produces fan fiction. While I am still mostly a stranger to this genre, I enjoy reading her content. She is a talented individual and follows many of my favorite fandoms. She recently took the plunge and started a blog! I wanted to take a moment today and introduce her to you, my favorite reading community. Whether your normally read fan fiction or not, I would like to invite you to stop by and say hello to Stephanie @fictionalescapeartist.com (I am a sucker for her blog name!). I asked her to do a small Q & A because I thought it would be a great way to help introduce her, and she kindly humored me 😉 So without further ado…
Meet Fictional Escape Artist
1. When did you first discover that you enjoy reading fan fic? Was there a particular story that stands out for you?
It was like 3 or 4 years ago, and I was on pinterest and someone had made a pin with a link to a Doctor Who fan fic on Archiveofourown.com. It was called “An Unexpected Family” by Bittie752. It was a story about Rose and Tentoo (the meta-crisis Doctor) accidentally transporting back to the 1988 in our universe. It turns out she was pregnant and still affected by Bad Wolf and their baby becomes Rory Williams. The way the writer created their own world and but still tie into the show was amazing, the later chapters actually tie in with episodes in 11’s first season. The story was novel length and so incredibly intricate, it actually made sense. Seriously check it out!
2. I know you have been writing for a while. Do you remember the exact moment that you decided to lend your pen to fan fiction?
“Lend my pen..” I love that, so poetic! Well, I use to write all the time and shamefully let someone make me feel bad and embarrassed about writing so I gave it up for 10 years. I was trying to find a new hobby to occupy my time and I thought about how happy writing use to make me. I wasn’t feeling overly confident in my abilities since it had been so long, so I thought fan fiction would be a good transition, since half the work was done for me. I didn’t have to come up with characters, just situations.
3. What was the first fan fiction you wrote?
I wrote a Sherlock story called “You’re It”. There was this great Sherlock story called “Small Boxes in Dark Rooms” by tvatemybrain, and at the end she challenged people to participate and write companion pieces or continuations. I decided to try my hand at it. By that time I had read a lot ( I mean A LOT) of fan fiction and knew I could do better than some of what I read.
4. Is there a particular community that you would recommend to others who enjoy or are interested in fan fiction?
I find that Archiveofourown.com is the easiest site to navigate. The people on there seem to be very supportive and typically you see positive comments. Plus people seem to finish their stories more often on that site. You can look me up by my name Steviewho. Another I like a lot is fanficiton.net. That one you find more abandoned fics though, and some really rude comments.
5. What is you favourite fictional film or series to write about and why?
OOf, that is a tough question. I tend to go through kicks of watching a lot of Doctor Who or Sherlock, so it really depends on what I am watching at the time. I typically only write Doctor Who, Sherlock and Labyrinth. I fell in love with the characters, good and proper love with them. I want more time with them, that’s why I write it now.
6. You recently started a blog Fictional Escape Artist. I absolutely love the title you chose. What was the inspiration behind that and what do you hope to gain from the blog?
Well, my weakness is coming up with names for things so I was really struggling with finding a name. I started thinking about how I use fiction, books, movies, tv shows as an escape from reality. I picked escape artist because I am REALLY good at escaping.
What do I hope to gain from it? I’m not sure, I wanted to reach out in the writing/reading community and since we are predominately introverts online is the best way.
7. Describe what the writing process is like for you on any given day.
My writing process is chaos. I typically will get an idea and sit down and write it all out in one go. It is a lot of free writing, and very little planning. The only time I really outline anything is just the timeline cause I’m a stickler for consistency. I always have to have music going, usually David Bowie. I don’t know what it is about that man, but he’s basically my muse. If I put in headphones and turn on Bowie the ideas come flowing. After I get the first draft done, I will read through it a couple of times and make a few adjustments and changes.
8. Where do you hope to be several year from, now in regards to writing and blogging?
My goal is to get a book agent by the end of next year and eventually get my book published (if I could ever finish it!) and hopefully writing another one. My blog, I don’t know. I want to keep it up. I’m not looking for internet fame, but hopefully I can just make people happy. Maybe inspire someone.
9. Tell us a bit about your reading habits. What genres do you enjoy, and do you have any recommendations?
My reading habits are a bit all over the place. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice hands down. If you’re a fan or interested in getting into it, I would recommend checking out the “Lizzie Bennett Diaries” on youtube, and checking out the companion book. It is a modern-day retelling of P&P and it is translated so wonderfully. It is really great for those who don’t like classic books. I read way too many P&P variations. I love the classics, fantasy, some sci-fi, I love a good thriller, historical drama is always fun. I’m not a huge fan of romance, but a good contemporary fiction is great. I also love autobiographies by comedians.
I recommend checking out:
Me Before You by Jojo Myers
The Scarpetta Series by Patricia Cornwell
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
I could go on and on actually, so I’ll stop it there.
10. Tells us a few facts about yourself. Share a little of who you are to everyone.
I am 30 years old and have a 6 year old son. I’ve lived up here in Oregon for 3 years now and love it. I watch a lot of movies and tv shows. I live the nerd-life. I can hula-hoop for 31 minutes straight. Geeze, I always have a hard time coming up with facts about myself sorry, it one reason my dating profiles are so lame.
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